Now what makes this interesting is that those videos were uploaded by their record company Spinefarm Records. Scroll down on their site and they proudly link to the company’s YouTube account. Click on the link and (as of 17th of January 01.00) you get this:
This account is suspended.
Spinefarm is fully owned by Universal Music Group and is one of the biggest Finnish labels. They are home to bands like Children of Bodom, DragonForce, Nightwish and Machinae Supremacy. And it seems the official videos from all of those bands have been nuked as well. For example clicking on The Islander from Nightwish gives you:
This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by WMG.
That would put blame on Warner Music Group, a competitor of Universal. Though somehow it seems unlikely that the four largest record companies in the world would be intentionally doing something so petty as to having eachothers YouTube accounts deleted.
WHat’s clear is that there has been a major SNAFU somewhere, but where? In theory being Finnish Spinefarm would not have the right to put their artist’s songs on YouTube without permission from Teosto – the finnish royalties collection agency. But somehow I don’t think they are to blame. And even though the Nightwish videos finger WMG I’d still rather blame incompetence than malice. So has Universal Music ordered the takedown of their entire catalog and their own marketing has been caught in that? Or does this have something to do with the new copyright detection they seem to be testing?
If you have any insight please drop us a comment. I’d very much like to know what has happened here.
It seems that some bands that have a deal with Spinefarm in Finland/Europe are under different companies elsewhere in the world. Both Nightwish and DragonForce are signed to Roadrunner Records in some parts of the world and Roadrunner is owned by Warner Music Group.
So it seems likely that complaints from WMG might have something to do with this. While many Spinefarm’s bands are not distributed by Warner anywhere in the world it could be that the complainst from the ones that are have beene nough for YouTube to remove the whole account.
Terratorial deals are so much fun in the age of the internet….
As falconer pointed out from the comments all Roadrunner’s official videos have been removed as well. What I forgot was that Warner is, um, in negotioations with YouTube on royalties and has remanded that YouTube removes all videos from their artists.
And I imagined record companies had gotten enough of shooting their own foot with embracing non-DRM downloads and whatnot and not (yet) killing the awesomeness that is Spotify. But apparently there’s still a place for high paid lawyers to find new ways to make life difficult for everyone.